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The 5 hottest new openings in Paris this summer

From gourmet cuisine to cutting-edge art, some of the unmissable new openings this season


Paris Editor

The city of Paris may not be quite as fast-paced as the world’s other major cultural hubs like London, New York or Tokyo, but behind its laid-back picture-perfect appearances of bucolic canalside lunches and voguish rooftop aperitifs, it has its fair share of hot new openings and events. Here’s what not to miss while in the French captial this summer, from the latest gourmet restaurants to the most eagerly-awaited hotel opening, and the return of the city’s top art installation.

Chef Nobu comes to Paris

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The world-famous chef and restaurant magnate Nobuyuki Matsuhisa sets up his first French restaurant inside palace hotel Royal Monceau Raffles. Opened earlier this year, the restaurant serves his renowned refined Japanese-meets-South American fare, a first for the city and it will replace the hotel’s more casual La Cuisine restaurant. Matsuhisa is the chef’s sixth gourmet restaurant after opening venues in Beverly Hills, Aspen, Munich, Mykonos and Athens; the chef also owns a chain of 33 restaurants with Robert De Niro across 28 countries.

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Alain Ducasse at the all-new Canopée des Halles

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As well as opening a restaurant at the iconic Chateau de Versailles on the outskirts of Paris, the chef with the most Michelin-star restaurants in the world now sets his sights on Les Halles in the heart of Paris. A grim area to be avoided at all costs, Les Halles is undergoing a major gentrification to make the ‘trou’ (literally meaning ‘hole’) of Paris more appealing, and the flashy new Ducasse brasserie serving traditional French fare such as blanquette and tête de veau is part of its shiny new look. Named ‘La Canopée’, the chic eatery will be set under the new glass and steel canopy that covers the multi-purpose complex.

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Monumenta, Paris’s biggest annual art installation returns

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On hold since the 2014 edition of the event that welcomed Russian artist duo Emilia and Ilya Kabakov’s monumental and in a way unsettling ‘Strange City,’ Paris’ best large-scale art installation is back this year. The next artist to be commissioned for the gigantic space under the Grand Palais’ Art Nouveau glass nave is French Chinese-born artist Huang Yong Ping. His stand-out show is entitled ‘Empires’ and it will run from 8 May until 18 June. A major figure of the 1980s Chinese avant-garde movement, Huang Yong Ping is the founder of contemporary art in his country of origin, and in his radical works he highlights the paradoxes of life and politics, questioning our certitudes.

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The Ritz finally reopens its doors

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An undisputed Parisian icon, the Ritz was originally created in 1898 by Swiss businessman César Ritz. The first European establishment to offer guests a phone and bathroom in every room, the French 18th century Empire style hotel has hosted the world’s most important figures, from Winston Churchill to Coco Chanel. Closed since 2012, the hotel finally reopens its doors after a 140-million-euro renovation, revealing fresh new suites with all its original Parisian allure, Michelin star chef Nicolas Sale in the kitchens, and an exclusive Chanel spa.

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Gourmet temple Hédiard reveals its revamp

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Set up in Madeleine since 1870, the age-old Parisian institution closed its doors last May for refurbishment. Overseen by star interior designer Jean-Michel Wilmotte (also behind the Mandarin Oriental Paris), very few details were leaked during the works. Now with three levels instead of one, you can shop for the much-loved brand’s refined French luxury products like Hédiard’s famous pâtes de fruits, teas and jams, as well as enjoying them on site in dé

1 Matsuhisa Restaurant
2 Alain Ducasse
3 Monumenta
4 Ritz Paris
5 Boutique Hédiard Madeleine